By nature, our course is non-traditional, and our course materials reflect that.  There is a $20 charge to complete a required Clifton Strengths Assessment, but there are no other required books.  All students should be prepared to access linked resources and reading materials on the internet and may choose to print these materials at their own expense.  In addition, we recommend purchasing an Honors College binder from the College of Charleston Barnes and Noble bookstore.  These can be found as “recommended texts” for our assigned course number (HONS 100) and are extremely useful in managing the print version of the portfolio you will create in this course.


Class Engagement and Attendance (25%): Participation in all aspects of class is essential. You are expected to actively engage in class activities, to contribute meaningfully to discussions, and to display dedication and earnest effort in exploring the class topics and tasks. This is simply what honors students do. Your PF will address any shortcoming in this area with you personally either over e-mail or during one of your consultation meetings. If you fail to address concerns regarding engagement that your PF or one of the faculty members brings up with you, your grade will be lowered incrementally: from an A to an A-, for example, or from a B- to a C+.   Please keep in mind that attending class (online or in person) is an aspect of being engaged.  Provided there is reasonable communication from individuals, we will be flexible and accommodating in cases where excessive absence is due to unavoidable issues involving COVID-19, personal health, religious participation, or family crises.

Individual Consultations: (10%) In addition to regular class sessions, you will be required to attend three  additional meetings outside of regular class sessions with your peer facilitator throughout the semester. While each session will have a particular purpose, there will be ample time to address broader concerns and just to simply be with your peer facilitator one-on-one.  These sessions may be conducted in-person or online at your peer facilitator’s discretion and with health and safety in mind.  Please remember to respect your peer facilitator’s time as if it were your own.  All you have to do to earn a good grade on this is arrive on time and ready to chat.

Portfolio (50%): Throughout the semester you will create an electronic portfolio that will set the framework for your academic, professional, and civic accomplishments across your college career. Because the portfolio is a semester-long project, it will go through several revisions in response to things like peer edits, in-class workshops, outside input from Academic Writing instructors and Writing Lab staff, and feedback from PFs and class leaders. Your final portfolio will include the following documents:

  • PACE Navigator (10%):  This document is a comprehensive planning tool that you will use throughout your time in the Honors College.  It allows you to chart out your individual academic plan in addition to noting professional and community engagement plans. We will spend time in class discussing the best methods for long- and short-term planning on the PACE Navigator, and this is a document you should update and share with your Honors advisor for each of your semester advising appointments.
  • Professional Documents:
    • Resume (10%)
    • Personal Narrative (10%)
  • Honors Engaged
    • Honors Engaged Proposal (10%)
    • Honors Engaged Semester Reflection (10%)

Honors Engaged  (15%): Honors Engaged is the umbrella first-year community engagement program in which all first-year students participate. Through Honors Engaged, you will learn about best practices in community engagement and receive project-specific training to gain  the skills necessary to carry out your service role. Informal discussion of your Honors Engaged experience and related community engagement concepts will unfold across the semester. Your Honors Engaged grade will be based on your consistent and earnest participation with your assignment, your sustained communication with your Honors Engaged Liaison (assigned by 10/1/21), and the completion of your midterm self-assessment. See the Honors Engaged handbook and website for more details.


“The College of Charleston was able to keep campus open and continue the delivery of instruction for the entire 2020/21 academic year by following the advice and direction of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC). In continuing that practice and given the current emergence of the delta variant and the most recent guidance of the CDC and DHEC, I – along with our deans and campus leadership – strongly encourage all members of the campus community to wear face coverings while around others indoors.  

This is being encouraged for all faculty, staff and students, regardless of individual vaccination status. This voluntary act allows the College to keep our campus safe by following current federal and state guidelines, while at the same time, staying within the restrictions regarding facemasks passed by the S.C. General Assembly and confirmed by the S.C. Attorney General.”

~August 4, 2021 Statement from President Andrew Hsu   


Since we will provide very few hard copies of handouts and because there may be occasions which call for social distancing, we encourage you to bring your laptops or tablets to class. Please note: this is not an invitation to access any other websites, read email, check Facebook, or do any work not related to work we’re doing in class on any given day. Additionally, please use professionalism regarding the use of cell phones; get into the practice of turning off your phones and putting them away before each class begins.  Students who do not abide by these expectations jeopardize their Class Engagement grades.


The Honor Code of the College of Charleston specifically forbids:

1. Lying: knowingly furnishing false information, orally or in writing, including but not limited to deceit or efforts to deceive relating to academic work, to information legitimately sought by an official or employee of the College, and to testimony before individuals authorized to inquire or investigate conduct; lying also includes the fraudulent use of identification cards and fabrication of data, endnotes, footnotes and other information related to academic work.

2. Cheating: the actual giving or receiving of unauthorized, dishonest assistance that might give one student an unfair advantage over another in the performance of any assigned, graded academic work, inside or outside of the classroom, and by any means whatsoever, including but not limited to fraud, duress, deception, theft, talking, making signs, gestures, copying, electronic messaging, photography, unauthorized reuse of previously graded work, unauthorized dual submission, unauthorized collaboration and unauthorized use or possession of study aids, memoranda, books, data, or other information. The term cheating includes engaging in any behavior related to graded academic work specifically prohibited by an instructor in the course syllabus or class discussion.

3. Attempted cheating: a willful act designed to accomplish cheating, but falling short of that goal.

4. Stealing: the unauthorized taking or appropriating of property from the College or from another member of the college community. Note also that stealing includes unauthorized copying of and unauthorized access to computer software.

5. Attempted stealing: a willful act designed to accomplish stealing, but falling short of that goal.

6. Plagiarism:

  • 6.1. The verbatim repetition, without acknowledgement, of the writings of another author. All significant phrases, clauses, or passages, taken directly from source material must be enclosed in quotation marks and acknowledged in the text itself and/or in footnotes/endnotes.
  • 6.2. Borrowing without acknowledging the source.
  • 6.3. Paraphrasing the thoughts of another writer without acknowledgement.
  • 6.4. Allowing any other person or organization to prepare work which one then submits as his/her own.

Attempted cheating, attempted stealing, and the knowing possession of stolen property shall be subject to the same punishment as the other offenses. Because the potential penalties for an Honor Code violation are extremely serious, all students should be thoroughly familiar with the above definitions and their consequences.  Students can find the complete Honor Code and all related processes in the Student Handbook at here.


Any class sessions conducted virtually may be recorded via both voice and video recording. By attending and remaining in this class, the student consents to being recorded. Recorded class sessions are for instructional use only and may not be shared with anyone who is not enrolled in the class.


If you require academic accommodation due to a disability, please make Dr. Permenter, Dr. Cavalli, and/or your Peer Facilitator aware of the fact in a confidential manner within the first week of class.  The College will make reasonable accommodations for persons with documented disabilities.  Should you have questions about disability services at the College of Charleston, please contact the Center for Disability Services at 843-953-1431, visit their physical location at Lightsey Center, Suite 104, or visit their website at http://www.College of


As Charlestonians, we live in a beautiful setting, which is also sometimes the site of severe weather.  Rest assured, we are prepared to handle these situations.  If the College of Charleston closes and members of the community are evacuated due to inclement weather, students are responsible for taking course materials with them in order to continue with course assignments consistent with instructions provided by faculty. In cases of extended periods of institution-wide closure where students have relocated, instructors may articulate a plan that allows for supplemental academic engagement despite these circumstances.


At the college, we take every students’ mental and physical wellbeing seriously. If you find yourself experiencing physical illnesses, please reach out to student health services (843.953.5520). And if you find yourself experiencing any mental health challenges (for example, anxiety, depression, stressful life events, sleep deprivation, and/or loneliness/homesickness) please consider contacting either the Counseling Center (professional counselors at or 843.953.5640 3rd Robert Scott Small Building) or the Students 4 Support (certified volunteers through texting “4support” to 839863, visit, or meet with them in person 3rd Floor Stern Center).  These services are there for you to help you cope with difficulties you may be experiencing and to maintain optimal physical and mental health.

Many CofC students report experiencing food and housing insecurity. If you are facing challenges in securing food (such as not being able to afford groceries or get sufficient food to eat every day) and housing (such as lacking a safe and stable place to live), please contact the Dean of Students for support ( Also, you can go to to learn about food and housing assistance that is available to you. In addition, there are several resources on and off campus to help. You can visit the Cougar Pantry in the Stern Center (2nd floor), a student-run food pantry that provides dry-goods and hygiene products at no charge to any student in need.

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